STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018

  • PAVEL COULD DEBUT ON TURF IN SHOEMAKER
  • BALTAS HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN GAMELY
  • SINK OR SWIM FOR MILLER IN CRYSTAL WATER

 

 

O’NEILL MULLS SHOEMAKER, GOLD CUP FOR PAVEL

Doug O’Neill is weighing his options with Pavel for the Memorial Day weekend, mulling either next Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at a mile and a quarter on dirt or the Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf Monday, May 28, Memorial Day.

The Shoemaker is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“He came back from Dubai in really good shape,” O’Neill said of Pavel, a gray son of Creative Cause who worked six furlongs Friday in 1:13.80 under Mario Gutierrez. “This little breather was by design, because he needed it. We’re keeping all options open.”

Pavel, whose last race was on March 31 when he finished fourth in the Dubai World Cup, has never raced on turf in eight career starts.

“His pedigree suggests it shouldn’t be a problem,” O’Neill said, alluding to the sire of Creative Cause, Giant’s Causeway.

Owned by O’Neill’s principal client, J. Paul Reddam, Pavel won the Grade III Smarty Jones last September and has earned $847,400, running at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and a quarter.

 

BALTAS HAS TWO FOR GRADE I GAMELY STAKES

Richard Baltas has four horses nominated to next Saturday’s Grade I Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf, but plans to enter two, Madam Dancealot and Midnight Crossing.

Each has dissimilar styles, Midnight Crossing possessing more speed, while Madam Dancealot is a stone closer.

Both bred in Ireland, each has a graded victory over Santa Anita’s grass course, Madam Dancealot in the Grade II Santa Ana and Midnight Crossing in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel.

“Midnight Crossing has to be near or on the lead,” Baltas said. “The Gamely is a little step up for her, but the distance suits her. Madame Dancealot breezed today (four furlongs on the training track in 48.40), and if she comes back OK, we’ll take a shot and run her.

“It rained in Kentucky when she ran (on a “good” course) in the Distaff Turf (at Churchill on May 5, finishing seventh but beaten only 4 ¼ lengths). It seems like she bounced out of it pretty well, so we’ll see.”

Gamely probables: Beau Recall, Flavien Prat; Hawksmoor, no rider; Madam Dancealot, Corey Nakatani; Midnight Crossing, Brice Blanc; Sophie P, no rider; and Chad Brown trainee Uni, Irad Ortiz Jr. Beau recall worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:02.20 for Simon Callaghan.

 

SUNDAY’S CRYSTAL WATER COULD BE MILLER TIME

Peter Miller, a threat to win a training title at any meet and currently third with a bullet at Santa Anita’s 20-day-old Spring session, has Anatolian Heat entered for Sunday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes.

Named for the 1977 Santa Anita Handicap winner, who won by a head under Laffit Pincay Jr. at 9-2, the Crystal Water is one in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf.

Anatolian Heat, a five-year-old Unusual Heat gelding, was fourth last out going down the hillside turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes April 29, sitting last in a filed of six until the homestretch.

“He was probably a little too far back in that race,” said Miller, who has re-engaged Corey Nakatani for the Crystal Water. Nakatani has been third on Anatolian Heat twice before.

The Crystal Water, race nine of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: B Squared, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Accountability, Gary Stevens, 15-1; Well Developed, Drayden Van Dyke,

5-1; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Anatolian Heat, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Desert General, Kyle Frey, 20-1; Ward ‘n Jerry, Stewart Elliott, 15-1; Tule Fog, Tiago Pereira,

12-1; Rye, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Smokey Image, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Flavien Prat, 7-2; and Camino Del Pariso, Ricardo Gonzalez, 6-1.

 

            FINISH LINES: Multiple Grade I winner City of Light, nominated to next Saturday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita, worked six furlongs this morning in a bullet 1:11.40 for Michael McCarthy, while Santa Anita Handicap winner Accelerate, ticketed for the Gold Cup, went the same distance in 1:13.60 for John Sadler . . . American Stakes winner What a View, a candidate for next Saturday’s Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes, went five furlongs on the training track in 1:00.80 for Kenny Black. In all, there were 160 recorded workouts Saturday, 13 on the training track . . . The Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover continues to grow and has reached $515,662 into Saturday’s program . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting next Thursday, May 24, 9:30 a.m., in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board meeting agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the website.

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Friday, May 18)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Flavien Prat 74 20 12 10 27% 57% $837,311
Geovanni Franco 89 16 11 10 18% 42% $584,932
Joseph Talamo 74 14 11 10 19% 47% $616,360
Asa Espinoza 73 12 11 10 16% 45% $352,466
Mario Gutierrez 48 11 7 10 23% 58% $522,545
Tiago Pereira 69 11 6 11 16% 41% $344,229
Drayden Van Dyke 60 10 10 8 17% 47% $489,698
Tyler Baze 91 9 19 8 10% 40% $537,215
Franklin Ceballos 77 9 6 7 12% 29% $242,908
Stewart Elliott 77 8 9 7 10% 31% $420,965
Martin Pedroza 52 7 8 8 13% 44% $230,355
Edwin Maldonado 56 6 12 10 11% 50% $258,025
Brayan Pena 35 5 6 5 14% 46% $164,270
Tyler Conner 69 4 10 13 6% 39% $266,395
Kent Desormeaux 32 4 4 7 13% 47% $246,830
Heriberto Figueroa 15 4 1 2 27% 47% $61,805
Martin Garcia 28 4 0 4 14% 29% $189,450
Trainer Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Philip D’Amato 52 14 7 14 27% 67% $642,978
Doug O’Neill 50 13 10 9 26% 64% $584,820
Peter Miller 54 11 6 8 20% 46% $495,736
Mike Puype 19 8 2 1 42% 58% $224,735
Vladimir Cerin 25 8 1 4 32% 52% $232,575
Richard Baltas 45 7 10 4 16% 47% $355,597
David Jacobson 28 7 3 4 25% 50% $162,275
Peter Eurton 24 7 2 2 29% 46% $228,515
Jerry Hollendorfer 41 6 5 4 15% 37% $276,125
Bob Baffert 23 6 5 1 26% 52% $393,345
Genaro Vallejo 14 6 3 0 43% 64% $143,290
John Sadler 50 5 13 7 10% 50% $318,151
Steven Miyadi 28 5 6 4 18% 54% $139,285
Simon Callaghan 17 5 2 1 29% 47% $198,560
Neil Drysdale 20 5 2 1 25% 40% $170,170

CORDIALITY LAYS CLOSE TO PACE AND WINS $100,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER REPLACEMENT RIDER STEVENS, TRAINED BY GLATT, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.78

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES 

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 19, 2018)–With a pace scenario that defied prognostication, trainer Mark Glatt’s Cordiality sat second early and took over a quarter mile from home en route to an authoritative 1 ¾ length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Gary Stevens, who picked up the mount late in the day due to a mishap involving Tyler Baze in the sixth race, the 5-year-old California-bred mare by Papa Clem got a flat mile on turf in 1:35.78 and thus provided Hall of Famer Stevens with his first win since returning to Santa Anita full-time on Thursday.

“I was a little concerned that she might be rank today because of the trouble line in the Form from her last race (‘Pulled, steadied early’),” said Stevens.  “But Mark said he was confident she’d settle, that the only reason she was rank the last time was because it was her first time running down the hill in a long time.

“He was right, she settled real nice, but I kept wondering, ‘Where is all this sprint speed in here?’  As it was, we got away with a half in 48 and three (fifths) and she exploded the last three sixteenths.”

When informed earlier that Baze, who had been transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena for xrays, had checked out with no injuries, Stevens said, “I was so glad to hear that Tyler is okay and I know he’s looking forward to getting back on this mare.  It’s always great to ride for Mark.  He gives very few instructions and I’ve known him since he was a small boy and I was riding for his Dad (Ron Glatt).”

A well beaten sixth in a classified allowance at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course April 21, Cordiality was off at 9-2 in a field of nine Golden State eligible fillies and mares (bred or sired in California) and paid $11.20, $5.40 and $4.00.

Owned by Lee Drummond, Mark Glatt and John Xitco, Cordiality, who is out of the Unusual Heat mare Warmth, notched her first stakes win and her third win from seven tries at one mile on turf.  She’s now 21-8-6-1 overall and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $316,095.

“I thought there would be lot stronger pace today, to be honest,” said Glatt.  “This mare is versatile enough though that she can be up close, and they obviously walked early-on, so she was up close, but I think she could have laid third or fourth too.

“It’s an easy decision now, but beforehand we had run through her conditions so it was either run her for a tag now, or try a Cal-bred stakes and come up with the $25,000 supplement fee.  We made the right decision, luckily.”

She Carmelita, who showed the way until midway around the far turn, held second by three lengths under Joe Talamo.  Off at 6-1, Shy Carmelita paid $6.60 and $5.20.

A deep closer, graded stakes winning Cheekaboo rallied well into the teeth of the slow pace and finished third, three quarters of a length in front of Desert Steel.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Cheekaboo, who had been idle for nearly a year, was off at 10-1 and paid $6.20 to show.

Idle since Jan. 7, Moonless Sky, who won last year’s Fran’s Valentine via disqualification, was the 2-1 favorite, but was never a factor while running next to last under Kent Desormeaux.

“It’s disappointing, she pretty much ran the same as she did last time (seventh as the 5-2 favorite in a one mile turf second condition allowance),” said Desormeaux.  “Just no response.”

Fraction on the race were 24.27, 48.68, 1:12.40 and 1:23.92.

First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional racing information, please visit www.santaanita.com.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, May 19
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $32,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Fran’s Valentine S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, May 24 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 2 Claiming – $10,000 $18,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $16,000 $56,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $25,000
Race 6 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $25,000

Final Entries

Sunday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $14,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 6 Claiming – $40,000 $33,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 9 Crystal Water S. $100,000

CLASSY FOOL’S PARADISE TAKES $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER GUTIERREZ; OWNED BY REDDAM & TRAINED BY CECIL, SHE GETS MILE IN 1:39.68

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2018)–Well beaten in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 7, Reddam Racing’s Fool’s Paradise took no prisoners on Friday at Santa Anita, as she was a galloping 5 ¼ length winner of the track’s $56,000 allowance feature under Mario Gutierrez.  Trained by Ben Cecil, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Pioneerof the Nile got one mile in 1:39.68

“She’s starting to calm down a bit now,” said Cecil.  “Today, she was great in the paddock and on the track.  She’s improving and she’ll need to keep improving to be stakes caliber.”

Breaking from the rail in a field of six fillies and mares three and up, Fool’s Paradise was head and head for the lead around the Club House turn inside a four-horse spread consisting of Demigoddess, Beautiful Princess and Mapit.  Fool’s Paradise took command by a half length three furlongs from home and widened through the lane while in-hand at the wire.

Fifth, beaten 15 lengths by Midnight Bisou in the Santa Anita Oaks, Fool’s Paradise was a  maiden special weight winner going a mile and one sixteenth two starts back on March 23.  Off as the 2-1 favorite, she paid $6.00, $3.60 and $2.80.

With the winner’s share of $33,600, she now has earnings of $74,690 from an overall mark of 5-2-0-0.

The longest shot in the field at 15-1, Demigoddess proved stubborn throughout and was second-best on the day, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Beautiful Princess.  Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Demigoddess paid $10.60 and $5.20.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Beautiful Princess, who had been on turf for her last three starts, finished third, one length in front of Bella Filomena.  Off at 3-1, Beautiful Princess paid $3.20 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.75, 47.79, 1:12.93 and 1:26.15.

Admission gates will open early on Saturday at 7:15, in order to accommodate those wishing to wager on an outstanding undercard from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.  First live race post time for a 12-race card at Santa Anita is at 12 noon.

For additional racing information, please visit santaanita.com.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, May 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Starter Handicap – $16,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $16,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, May 20 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $14,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 6 Claiming – $40,000 $33,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 9 Crystal Water S. $100,000

Final Entries

Saturday, May 19
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $32,000 $33,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $30,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 8 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000
Race 9 Fran’s Valentine S. $100,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 12 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000

ENGLISH-BRED MOVE OVER TIMES IT RIGHT & IS UP TO WIN $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A NOSE UNDER BAZE; TRAINED BY SADLER, HE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:13.80

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2018)–In a performance not recommended for the faint of heart, English-bred Move Over overcame an eventful pre-start and rallied late to nip favored Calexman by a nose in Thursday’s $56,000 allowance feature under Tyler Baze.  Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC and trained by John Sadler, Move Over, got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.80.

Prior to the start, Move Over, who ended up being the second wagering choice in a field of six 3-year-olds, broke through gate and galloped about a furlong down the hillside turf prior to being pulled up and returned for his “Take 2.”

“Thank God they didn’t scratch him!” said Baze.  “He’s a nice horse.  He just barely touched the doors and they opened, but he didn’t run off, never got excited.”

Breaking sharply from his outside post position six, Move Over settled nicely and was next to last past the half mile.  On the move while fourth a quarter mile from home, he rallied four-wide through the lane and just got up in a thriller.

Most recently a fast finishing third in the Singletary Mile here on May 5, Move Over, who had been winless in four stateside starts, was off at 5-2 and paid $7.20, $3.60 and $2.60.

“Nothing’s easy anymore,” joked Sadler.  “He broke through the gate, blew out about a quarter mile and barely won.  We’ll try the Oceanside next (one mile turf, three year olds on July 18 at Del Mar).”

With the winner’s share of $33,600, Move Over, who is by the English-based stallion Acclamation, boosted his earnings to $108,183.  He is now 14-3-4-1.

Calexman, who took a short lead a sixteenth of a mile from home, prevailed by a neck over Heartfullofstars for the place.  Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Calexman was off at 2-1 and paid $3.60 and $2.80.

As noted by track announcer Michael Wrona, Heartfullofstars made the most unlikely transition from a fifth place finish in the Grade II Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7, to a near-miss on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Heartfullofstars was off at 3-1 in his turf debut and paid $2.80 to show while finishing a head in front of Axelrod.

Fractions on the race were 21.96, 44.11 and 1:07.54.

First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10 a.m.  For additional racing information, please visit santaanita.com.

ASA GETS A HAT TRICK!!–Currently Santa Anita’s leading apprentice, 18-year-old Asa Espinoza is all smiles following his third win on Thursday, with the William Morey-trained Time and Chance

Currently Santa Anita’s leading apprentice, 18-year-old Asa Espinoza is all smiles following his third win on Thursday, with the William Morey-trained Time and Chance.  The nephew of Triple Crown winning Hall of Famer Victor Espinoza, Asa is fourth in the Spring Meet jockey standings, with 12 overall wins through 19 racing days.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, May 17
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $75,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Saturday, May 19 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $32,000 $33,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $30,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 8 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000
Race 9 Fran’s Valentine S. $100,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 12 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Sunday, May 20 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $14,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 6 Claiming – $40,000 $33,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 9 Crystal Water S. $100,000

Final Entries

Friday, May 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 5 Starter Handicap – $16,000 $30,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $16,000 $56,000
Race 8 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $30,000

MOONLESS SKY & CHEEKABOO HEAD SATURDAY’S $100,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES; SOLID FIELD OF 11 FILLIES & MARES SET TO GO ONE MILE ON TURF

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES 

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 16, 2018)–Trainer Eddie Truman’s hard-knocking Moonless Sky and trainer Peter Eurton’s comebacking Cheekaboo, head a field of 11 fillies and mares three and up in Saturday’s $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita turf.  The Fran’s Valentine, named for the late Earl Scheib’s multiple Grade I winning homebred daughter of Saros, is for California-bred or sired fillies and mares who are eligible to participate in the CTBA’s Golden State Series.

MOONLESS SKY

Owner:  Pappas Racing                  Trainer:  Eddie Truman

Placed first via disqualification in last year’s Fran’s Valentine seven starts back, this imposing 5-year-old mare by Bold Chieftain has been favored in five out of her last six starts.  Winless in her first four starts in South Florida, she’s won four out of her nine starts with Truman while being second twice.  An even seventh, beaten four lengths in an open second condition allowance going a mile on turf here Jan. 7, Moonless Sky has been freshened and will likely fire big off the bench.  With five wins from eight starts at one mile on turf (four out of six at Santa Anita), she possesses a formidable turn of foot and would be well served by a fast pace with regular rider Kent Desormeaux at the controls.

CHEEKABOO

Owner:  Sharon Alesia, Burns Racing, LLC and Ciaglia Racing, LLC                 Trainer:  Peter Eurton

Idle since running sixth in last year’s Fran’s Valentine on May 21, 2017, this 5-year-old Unusual Heat mare is another who would appreciate a fast pace, as she’s done her best running as a deep closer.  Although she’s only won three races from 17 starts, two of them came in stakes, including a 23-1 score in the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf 10 starts back in June, 2016.  With an overall mark of 17-3-3-3, she has earnings of $316,738 and will be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano.

 

THE $100,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 9 of 12                                                                                                                 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT

 

  1. Speakers–Drayden Van Dyke–121
  2. Halo Darlin–Stewart Elliott–121
  3. Cheekaboo–Rafael Bejarano–123
  4. Coco Kisses–Gary Stevens–116
  5. Lynne’s Legacy–Kyle Frey–121
  6. Moonless Sky–Kent Desormeaux–123
  7. Desert Steel–Brice Blanc–121
  8. Cordiality–Tyler Baze–123
  9. Shy Carmelita–Joe Talamo–121
  10. How About Zero–Mario Gutierrez–121
  11. Barbara Beatrice–Tiago Pereira–123

 

First post time for a 12-race card on Preakness Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon.  Admission gates will open early, at 7:15 a.m., for simulcast wagering on an outstanding undercard from Pimlico Race Course.  For additional Santa Anita racing information, please visit santaanita.com.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Friday, May 18 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 5 Starter Handicap – $16,000 $30,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $16,000 $56,000
Race 8 Starter Optional Claiming – $32,000 $30,000
Saturday, May 19 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $32,000 $33,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $30,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 8 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000
Race 9 Fran’s Valentine S. $100,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000
Race 12 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000

Final Entries

Thursday, May 17
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $56,000
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 4 Claiming – $12,500 $16,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $56,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $54,000
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $75,000 $33,000